Pursue perfection, achieve excellence and yes, you can have it all.

Active in the world of Flat-Coated Retrievers since 1970, we believe a Flat-coated Retriever is simply the best breed of dog available.

  • Our dogs are exhibited on a national level in all areas of competition.

  • Heirborn Kennels is a proud Breeder of Merit as recognized by the American Kennel Club.

  • Our dogs have proven successfull in all areas of competition, hunting, service and family companionship. Heirborn breeds champions!

“I love Flat-coated Retrievers and believe that they will bring joy to anyone who adopts one. We are convinced that they are most loving and versatile dog out there. We have specialized in this breed since 1970, and won’t be stopping anytime soon.”


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about Flat-Coated Retrievers. Please see our FAQ page for more questions about this great breed.
Absolutely! Flat-Coated Retrievers have even been named the Peter Pan of the Working Group due to their happy, playful nature.
Yes! As the name implies, one of their strongest characteristics is that of a retriever. FCRs have long been used for field and waterfowl hunting.

Possibly. Flat-Coated Retrievers can be prone to certain breed related illnesses and typical large breed conditions. Heirborn Kennels does our very best to adhere to strict breeding practices to ensure our puppies start out right. Please contact us for more information regarding FCR health.

Flat-Coated Retrievers have an average life span of 8 to 10 years of age. Lifestyle and diet play a signifigant role in your puppies life span. Please contact us with any questions regarding FCR lifestyle.
A healthy Flat-Coated Retrievers weighs anywhere between 60-70 lbs. It is important to know that weight in only one factor in determining if your FCR is healthy. Please contact us with any questions regarding FCR health requirements, and if you are concerned your puppy is sick, please contact your veterinarian right away.
Yes! The Flat-Coated Retriever has been recognized as an official breed since 1915 and is within the top 100 dogs adopted by dog owners.
Yes! The Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent family dog. Please note that they are a large breed (60-70 lbs when full grown) and they are a energetic and youthful breed. This means that they remain playful and energetic well into becoming “large”.
Possibly. All dogs have a primal sense to scavenge for food and seek out a mate. As a result, no dog is guaranteed “not” to run. That said, FCRs are world renowned for their eagerness to please their humans so working with a qualified dog trainer to help your puppy learn it’s boundries is important and will benefit you both.

If you have any other questions, please contact us

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Professional Flat-Coated Retriever Breeder